Brisbane's best vegan fine dining
It’s not vegan, it’s ve-gaaan.
Ah, ‘the dining struggle’.
No one should have to suffer the waiter’s eye roll over asking if a dish can be made vegan or vegetarian, or feel like they have to pre-eat dinner for fear of being left with just hot chips. We’ve taken the leg work out of rounding up Brisbane’s best vegan eats, where there’s a little something for everyone or the fare is so dang good the carnivores amongst us won’t realise they’re eating meat-free.
Honestly, you had us at fries, but this Valley newcomer is so much more. Despite having four different types of chips (sigh), Lord of the Fries is a completely vegan fast food joint! Rejoice! From fries to burgers, onion rings to mac and cheese balls, vegans can finally get a tasty cheat meal fix whilst the meat-eaters amongst us won’t believe they’re not chomping into a juicy beef patty.
Who doesn’t love pizza? Sorry, silly question, we know. Salt Meats Cheese understands that if you’re vegan or non-vegan, everyone loves this carby delight, which is why you can turn any of their vegetarian pizzas vegan with dairy-free cheese! Still gooey, still melty, still delicious – it’s a no brainer.
Somewhere vegans and non-vegans can feast on fabulous fare in harmony? Now that’s what we like to hear! Paw Paw’s Asian-inspired menu has a pretty even mix of vegan to meat-based dishes to take you from breakfast to dinner without skimping on flavour. You’ll even find a vegan banquet menu on offer in case you want an easy breezy dinner option.
When it comes to the humble burger, some may say that it isn’t possible to go meat free. But Grassfed says, why not? With a small but mighty menu you’ll be finger licking like any other burg and be completely perplexed that your cheeseburger is 100% vegan. If you want your mind totally blown then order up a shake and see how good soy can really taste.
Although they’re known for their beyond-grammable fare and quirky drinks (turmeric latte, anyone?), Miss Bliss is loved for their inclusive menu which celebrates vegan food as equally as non-vegan. Whether it’s the mango bombe french toast or spring greens one thing is for sure, no vegan will feel out of place at Miss Bliss.
Brisbane’s first vegan tapas bar is cause for celebration because it will have even the carnivores amongst us rushing to this hip West End haunt. The menu is simple but creative and has nods to Japanese flavours like the miso-good glazed eggplant and agedashi tofu. Add a chilli margarita into the mix and you’re onto a winner!
The Valley’s beloved arcade bar is more than just an adult’s playground. Did you know that their entire menu is 100% vegan with the option to add meat or dairy? How about that for a change! When you have a taste of some of the fare on offer you’ll be having it as is, like the garlic bread hotdog. Just let that sink in…
If we’re going to talk vegan restaurants we’d be having a laugh if we didn’t include New Farm institution Dicki’s. Converting carnivores to the green side and showing Brisbane how tasty and delicious vegan fare can really be, this foodie haven doesn’t let a little thing like being meat-free stop them from serving hefty breakfast burritos, big breakfasts or tasty waffles.
Taking it to the ‘burbs, one of Stones Corner’s best is serving up some of the best vegan breakfasts and lunches around town. Lose your mind over the grilled sweet potato polenta and herb and garlic grilled cauliflower ‘steak’ that will have you in a cheeky food coma for sure. Bring your non-vegan friends along for the ride and they won’t be disappointed with the meat and dairy filled dishes either.
With dishes so beautiful and tasty you’ll forget they’re vegan, Greenhouse Canteen & Bar and committed to providing quality and cruelty-free fare to Brisbane diners. Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner, and lunch on weekends, you’ll find all of your meat-based favourites with a vegan twist and be dang happy you stopped by. The team has even opened a purely vegan delicatessen called Flora by Greenhouse up the road in West End if you’re looking for a cheeky take home meal or grazing board hero.
Grown is West End’s original plant-based cafe which has been delivering on great fare, creativity and sustainability for yonks. Brunch will see you salivating over tempah toasties and scrambled silken tofu before rolling into shareplate dinner options like spicy yoghurt baked cauliflower, celeriac and leek roulade and pan-fried fennel to name a few. Top it off with a tippled from the carefully selected vegan friendly wine and beer offerings and you’ve found your new fav cafe.
If it’s healthy and sustainable vegan #fitspo you’re looking for then you’ll be well acquainted with Charlie’s Raw Squeeze by now. 100% plant-based, this healthy juice bar is serving up classic breakies like smashed avo to squeeze bowls which will have you singing from the inside out. Keep the sweet tooth satisfied with their range of raw treats and nice-cream because if it’s vegan it’s healthier, right?
See? Who said vegan food couldn’t be damn delicious.